How Fotona NightLase® laser works to stop snoring and improve your quality of sleep
Snoring and sleep apnea can be highly disruptive to the sleep quality of both you and your bed partner and can lead to serious health consequences. At Natural Dentistry in Clearwater, Florida, we offer a non-invasive, patient-friendly treatment option to help restore your sleep quality and health: the Fotona NightLase® system.
How does NightLase® work?
Most people think that snoring is harmless, but in reality, it can cause many issues with your quality of life due to poor sleep quality and can be a sign of a more severe problem such as obstructive sleep apnea. NightLase® is a laser treatment designed to reduce the negative symptoms and amplitude of snoring by gently tightening the mucosa tissues in the back of the mouth. It has optimized Er: YAG laser pulse lengths that are gentle enough to use on the sensitive mouth tissues without damaging them but strong enough to provide effective results. After treatment with NightLase®, the tissues in the soft palate become tighter and more strengthened. This prevents the tissues from collapsing into the back of the throat, which can contribute to snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Additionally, treatment with NightLase® can help reduce vibrations of the soft palate, which can lead to snoring.
Why patients choose NightLase®
There are various anti-snoring options available on the market, but NightLase® treatment from a trained professional like Dr. Beata Carlson and Associates offers many benefits beyond simple nasal strips or other over-the-counter options. Treatment with NightLase® is:
- Effective with immediately noticeable results that improve over time
- Completely non-invasive, with no anesthesia required
- Long-lasting, with results that last up to a year
- Fully customized based on your specific needs
What to expect
The actual procedure for NightLase® is quick and easy from a patient perspective and only lasts about 20 minutes. Most patients only experience a mild warming sensation during their treatment, and there is zero downtime afterward. You can leave the office and get back to your daily activities immediately! There are usually no side effects from treatment, but some patients may experience a mild sore throat that dissipates after a few days.
Patients typically achieve the best results with three treatment sessions over three to six weeks. While individual results will vary, most patients can enjoy a better night’s sleep for up to a year after their treatment, and simple re-treatments can be performed to maintain your results long-term.
Learn whether you are a good candidate for NightLase® therapy
Due to its gentle, non-invasive nature, most patients who experience snoring or obstructive sleep apnea can be good candidates for NightLase® treatment. Dr. Beata Carlson will perform an in-depth evaluation and talk with you about your symptoms to identify whether NightLase® is right for you.
In addition to NightLase® therapy, patients suffering from snoring and sleep apnea have other options at Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry to alleviate their symptoms and get a better night’s sleep, such as mandibular advancement devices (MAD) that are custom-designed to open your airway while you sleep.
To schedule your consultation at our Clearwater, Florida office, call Natural Dentistry today at 727-888-6929!